Black Diamond Venom Adze Ice Axe


Weight 528 g / 1 lb 3 oz (50 cm hammer with leash)
Pick Tech Pick: Chromoly steel
Head Head, Hammer/Adze, Spike: stainless steel
Shaft Aluminum
Grip Dual-density

Manufacturer's Description

The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Black Diamond Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. The curved upper shaft provides added clearance during technical ice and snow sections, while the traditional spike makes for smooth plunging on the uphill. The dual-density grip and included Lockdown Leash increase security when things get dicey.

  • Climbs steep couloirs, plunges and self arrests
  • Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick
  • Comfortable, dual-density molded grip
  • Lockdown Leash included
  • CEN-B certified

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Retailers' Descriptions

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The Black Diamond Venom Adze is a technical piolet for steep couloirs, plunges and self arrests.


On Sale. Free Shipping. Black Diamond Venom Adze w/ Pick FEATURES of the Black Diamond Venom Adze with Pick Investment-cast, stainless steel head and spike Accepts Venom Classic and Tech Picks, Lockdown Leash included Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick CEN-certified

- Moosejaw

Compact and light, the angled Venom Ice Tool from Black Diamond approaches the ideal for ascending steep terrain with its interchangeable pick and curved shaft design. The lightweight swinging weight is both practical and comfortable for long ascents.

- Mountain Gear

A long snow route with a couple pitches of ice is the hardest type of climbing for which to select an appropriate tool. It used to be that you could either have a good ice tool that sucks for self-arrest or a standard ice axe that can barely climb a pitch of easy ice. Not anymore. Black Diamond designed the Venom Ice Axe to self-arrest and plunge into the snow easily but still offer good ice performance.